You’ve heard the saying, time flies when you’re have fun? Well we’ve obviously been having lots of fun as we’ve already reached the end of the first term! We’ve certainly had fun each day looking for Thor (our elf). I think Mrs Trafford will be glad to see him return to the North Pole as he has caused chaos wrapping things up in school and making a mess on some days.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much to each and every one of you for the support you have given to me, the rest of the staff, the children and the school community. I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and support. Thank you also for all our Christmas presents. They are very much appreciated.

Message from the Chair of Trustees

As the autumn term draws to a close, the prospect of Christmas celebrations brings a smile to all of our faces and will give us time with our family and friends to recharge our batteries for January.

On behalf of the trustees, I would like to say thank you to everyone involved in the life of the school, for their dedication and hard work in enriching the learning experiences of all children. I would also like to say thank you for the support that we receive from parents/carers, the Church and diocese and the school communities in making a difference to so many young lives.

The New Year brings with it new challenges as the trust continues to evolve. The search for new trustees continues and early in 2017, the governors will be working closely together to aid communication and bring unity.

Finally, from all the trustees, I would like to wish all staff, parents/carers and pupils, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Diane Beardsmore

Governor news

The governing body and trustees met last week to discuss our class structure and vision for the school. As always, our conversations were guided by the children’s needs and interests. Thankfully we are all working with the same aims - to make Manifold the best place it can be and to offer our children the best education. The governing body and trustees have agreed to appoint a third teacher from January This will be in addition to Mrs Harris who is due to return in January, until going to have her baby. As it stands, I am unable to inform you of Mrs Harris’s return date as we are awaiting an appointment from Occupational health to see if there are any reasonable adjustments that can be made to ensure her return is as comfortable as possible. We hope to welcome her back to school soon.

I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Charlotte Hall has been elected as our Chair of Governors. I look forward to working even closer with her in the spring term.

Thank you to all the governors and trustees who give their time voluntarily to support us.

Staffing

We will be restarting our recruitment campaign in the spring term – looking for a teacher to cover Mrs Harris’s maternity leave. Until then, Miss Danforth (a familiar face to some of you) will be joining us in year 1. We look forward to welcoming her back to the school. As always, I promise to keep you updated with developments as soon as is possible. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email over the holidays. I will not be ‘clocking off’ at 3:05pm today.

Staffing structure from January:

Early years = Mon, Tues, Thurs (AM) and Fri = Miss Perry. Mrs Ackers will be in there on a Wednesday (All day) and Thursday (afternoon)

Year 1 = Miss Danforth

Years 2,3,4 = Miss Easter

As you are aware, Mrs Savage will be starting her maternity leave on the 3rd January. We wish her the best of luck and pray for a quick and pain free labour (I hear many of you asking does such a thing exist?!) We look forward to seeing Mrs Savage and her new alarm clock, sorry, bundle of joy in the new year. Her due date isn’t until February so hopefully she will have a few weeks rest before he makes an appearance. Thank you for all your hard work Mrs Savage. Don’t be a stranger – come back and see us all.

Mrs Marchant will be supporting the children in early years on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning each week.

I would like to publicly thank all the staff for their hard work this half term. I am sure they are all ready to recharge their batteries over the break as they have worked tirelessly to help create a strong school that we are proud of. Thank you all. Enjoy the break.

Nativity

Thank you for supporting our Nativity this year. As explained at the performance, we were set a challenge by our Christian Distinctiveness Advisor to write our own scripts and try to get rid of the Christmas hype and stereotypical images of angels with fluffy wings and tinsel. It was a big challenge but as always, we gave it our best shot. We hope you weren’t too disappointed with our toga style costumes!

Afternoon tea

Thank you for attending our ‘thank you afternoon tea’. The children thoroughly enjoyed preparing for the afternoon. We covered some of our writing objectives through our letter and invitation writing and some maths ones when working out the amounts of ingredients needed for our baking. Well done to the children for making such delicious delicacies. You did a fabulous job.

Church service and crafts morning

Thank you to Reverend Price for facilitating our service in Church this morning. A big well done to the children for speaking and singing so well. We were all very proud of you.

Reception Admissions – September 2017

The reception class 2017 admission process is still open. Please be aware that the window closes in January. If you have a child who will turn 5 before 31st August 2018, (or know someone who does!) please consider sending them to our fantastic school. I am aware that the online form asks for a UID number. This can be bypassed if you do not have one.

Nursery admissions

As you know, we now offer full day provision to children aged 3 and over in our early years foundation stage. Children can join us the term after their third birthday. Don’t forget, we are also very fortunate to have a private provider onsite offering childcare provision from 18 months. Again, please help us to spread the word.

After school clubs

Our after school clubs this half term were very successful and popular with many. Thanks again to the staff and volunteers who helped make the clubs possible. We will be sending out details of our Spring term clubs when we return.

Well done

You might have seen Mrs Marchant on the back page of the Leek Post. She entered a competition last weekend and won! Well done Mrs Marchant!

Dates for your diary:

I will send home a list of diary dates for the spring term the first week back.

School re-opens Wednesday 4th January 2017. (Tuesday 3rd January – Inset day)

Have a fantastic break and a peaceful and happy Christmas. See you in 2017!

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers and the team